London, England failed to do that in Beijing, conducted with such success four years ago – make it smoke free.
Despite the presence of large prevalence of tobacco use in the world, China has set an unprecedented standard for declaring the Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) for free to smoke, including all outdoor venues.
The London Olympics Committee, however, has created smoking areas in the Olympic Park for smokers.
Indian anti-smoking activists have knocked on the door of the London Olympic Games Organizing Committee urging them to get free from tobacco, the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
The Public Health Foundation of India , winner of the WHO Director-General Award for Tobacco Control, wrote to the President of the Organizing Committee, Lord Sebastian Coe, saying that more than five people are engaged in a grand event, “We are concerned that such exclusion does not only affect the health of visitors, but also tarnish the image of the organizing committee for the world.”
Activists cite the example of how even the UEFA Cup and Euro 2012 – Poland and Ukraine in recent years – have been completely free of tobacco, and no per diem or similar exception was permitted within the perimeter of the host stadiums.
In a letter sent on Monday urged the Organization Committee of London Olympic and Paralympic Games , to ensure your decision to return daily with immediate effect.
“We’re up to your strong leadership to implement effective smoking laws in the wider interests of the health and well-being of all participants in the London Olympics in 2012, and an example for the world to intensify efforts to all sporting events smoke free,” says Dr. Monica Arora from PHFI.
We add that it is very frustrating, “and deeply disturbing to learn that has tools that allow tobacco use in public and adversely affect the health of thousands of athletes and spectators gather for the biggest international sporting events, in a letter from the Indian anti-tobacco lobby said that it is necessary to instill the legacy of the game to maintain the health of mankind.
“It’s shocking to know that although England had been declared free from tobacco smoke in 2007 LOCOG diem allowed within the perimeter of the ticket place of competition and are also present in these areas athletes village, showing specific signs designated as” smoking areas. It is noteworthy to mention here that, despite the largest prevalence of tobacco use in the world, China has set a new standard for smoke-free environment of the National Olympic Stadium and other places smoke-free message is displayed on the scoreboard and the visitors received a text message thanking them for. Support for the establishment of places smoke free, “the letter said.
Warning that the introduction of daily and tarnish the image of the organizing committee for the world, activists have pointed out those smoking causes about 8800 deaths per year among Londoners aged 35 and older between 2007 and 2009. Tobacco use is responsible for five million, or 12% of all deaths in adults aged over 30 years around the world every year. In 2002, WHO and UNICEF estimated that tobacco causes 1.6 million deaths in Europe and among the top three participants to the burden of disease. The estimated average prevalence of smoking in Europe is 40% for males and 18.2% among women.